With the first season of Arrow nearly finished, Matthew Nando Kelly takes a look back at the series and how it compares to the network's old superhero drama, Smallville. He thinks Arrow is better and he has a list to prove it.
With Arrow's first season finale airing Wednesday at 8/7c, TVGuide.com thought it would be a good time to look back at The CW's super series as a whole, and see if they heeded our original advice on how to make a show about DC Comics' emerald archer work.
12 things Arrow can learn from Smallville, Buffy and more!
Last summer, we gathered a list of 12 things that Arrow should and shouldn't do in order to be a successful series based on tried-and-true heroic formats, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Green Lantern, Batman Begins and superhero predecessor Smallville. Let's take a look and see if they listened:
1. Give fans what they want. Oliver (Stephen Amell) was very quick to put on the Green Arrow suit — in the pilot, no less! But other big canon moments from the comics have already found their way into the series, namely coming from his time on the island and introductions of other DC Comics characters (see below), as well as nods to other supeheroes like the Green Lantern with Ferris Air. Ruling: Achieved.
2. Tortured love works. The writers have perfectly balanced the will-they-won't-they tension between Oliver and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) after the consummate hero pushed her towards his best friend Tommy (Colin Donnell) so he could focus on saving the world. But the writers also threw those Oliver-Laurel 'shippers a bone by finally having them hook up in the penultimate episode. We're still holding out hope for Oliver-Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), though. Ruling: Achieved."
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